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Welcome to your weekend (May 29)

April showers bring May flowers. What do May flowers bring? In Atlanta it's called June, and it is the beginning of HOTlanta for us around these parts. We have had a nice spring this year, but summer is officially beginning. For those of us who live in the South, we know what the signs of summer are. The breezes will die down, those pesky mosquitos will come out to party, and we will be looking for any way possible to stay cool. Want to know a few ways you can stay cool this June? You have come to the ...

May 28, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Don't be penny wise and pound foolish-Support the citizen landfill committee

Dear Editor,

May 24, 2015 | Steve Brown | Letters


Action Ministries opens office in Newton

For the first time in 20 years, the charitable nonprofit organization, Action Ministries, has opened a satellite office. The Newton County Action Ministries office opened its doors on May 4 in the Wesley Building of Covington First United Methodist Church, 2160 Church Street, Covington.

May 21, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


NHS to host girls b-ball camp Tuesday

Beginning May 26 - 29, Newton girls basketball will host a camp at Newton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for grades fourth through 12. The fee for the camp is $60 and includes a a snack/meal.

May 18, 2015 | Staff Report | Newton


Francis and Walden to represent EHS soccer

EHS senior soccer players Tyrik Francis and Haley Walden have been selected to play in the DiVarsity.com's 2015 Georgia High School Association All-Star Soccer game in Marietta on Sunday, May 17th at Sprayberry High School. Both played in last year's all-star game proudly representing Eastside High School. They will head to Sprayberry High School to compete against the best soccer players from all classifications in the state of Georgia. Haley will play defender on the 22-member white team, and take on the blue team in a 2 p.m. contest. Tyrik will play forward on the boys ...

May 17, 2015 | Staff Report | Eastside


Let’s keep helping the women in our lives

I know Mother's Day was last Sunday, so I have to ask a few questions: Did you enjoy the day? Were you celebrated? Did you celebrate that special mother in your life?

May 17, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Peddle for a cause

The students of First Baptist Academy zoomed around the parking lot of the Welcome Center last week to raise money for the parochial school's library and playground as part of the Academy's first bikathon.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


What would our community be missing if we didn't have a Chamber of Commerce?

In the middle part of the 20th century some of the business and community leaders came together to form the Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the chamber is to bring the business and professional community together to work for the common good of our area. Through the Chamber there is a unified voice to address the concerns of the economic community.

May 17, 2015 | | LIVING


Kelly takes over Porterdale downtown development

Everyone living in Porterdale is a stakeholder in the promotion of the town's Main Street Program, says Josephine Kelly.

May 17, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Gathering in Atlanta

A surreal moment passed for me this week with several press reports about presidential candidates heading to Atlanta in August this year. Six years ago in Atlanta, a group of online political activists got together in person. They had been online collaborators among the Republican grassroots for six years without ever having met face to face.

May 17, 2015 | Erick Erickson | Columnists


Golf Tournament to raise funds for Haiti missions

Teams of four golfers will play Ashton Hills Golf Course in Covington at the Drive4Hope Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 21. The event is sponsored by Covington First Baptist Church and will raise money for the church's Haiti Mission Projects.

May 16, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Alcovy UMC charity run benefits men’s residential recovery program

Walkers and runners will be raising money for the Damascus Road Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit long-term residential recovery program for men suffering from dependence on drugs and alcohol in Newton County.

May 15, 2015 | Sandra Brands | LOCAL


Disk golf flies into Porterdale

Porterdale is looking for sponsors for the holes on the proposed disk golf course at Yellow River Park. The campaign to raise $40,000 to build the course with a web site "GoFundMe".

May 14, 2015 | Sandra Brands | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Welcome to your weekend (May 15)

School in Rockdale County and around the country is beginning to wind down. I have three children attending three different schools, so we are having plenty of fun with end-of-the-year picnics, ice cream parties, awards ceremonies and appreciation gifts for our fabulous teachers. This time of year brings mixed feelings for me. On one hand, I LOVE having my kids home for summer. They are my joy! We swim, eat outside, play in the sandbox, watch a lot of movies and generally just take a good kid break. On the other hand, it is the end of my school-year life ...

May 14, 2015 | Jenni Mauran | DIGITAL NEWSPAPER


Have you ever thought...

The tradition of observing Mother's Day in our land all started in a small Methodist Church. The year was 1907. On the second Sunday in May, a special service was held in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, organized by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother who had died on May 9, 1905.

May 10, 2015 | Wiley Stevens | LIVING


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Teacher, teacher

Dear Teacher,

February 14, 2015 | Kaitlynn Mockett | Education


How together we can do more than on our own

Today is the "birthday" of the oldest civic club in Covington, the Kiwanis Club. On February 15, 1927, at the Newton County Court House, the local club was organized. The leaders of this effort were P.W. Godfrey and S.H. Adams. There were fifty eight Charter Members. The first officers of the club were S. C. Chandler, president, S.H. Adams and T.G. Callaway, vice-presidents, and A.L. Loyd, the secretary –treasurer. Other directors were P.W. Godfrey (district trustee) R.E. Everett, J.G. Bolton, R.A. Norris, J.O. Porter, T.C Swann, and T.R ...

February 14, 2015 | Wiley Stephens | LIVING


A Day in the Life of a 12-year-old Ballet Dancer

For 12 hours, on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, Covington News reporter Randy Schafer shadowed 12-year-old ballet dancer Abby Boivin - delving into the young dancer's life, her experience as a homeschooled student, and a ballet dancer who just received a full-merit scholarship to the School of American Ballet, in NYC, for the summer of 2015.

February 11, 2015 | Randy Schafer | LOCAL


Warning: Valentine is right around the corner

How did we remember all these holidays before we had our "smart" phones to automatically list them for us? Of course we would remember Christmas and the Fourth of July, but there seems to be a special day almost every week. The other day my calendar showed it was Ground Hog Day. Now who made that a holiday? Or which Ground Hog is right?

February 08, 2015 | B. Wiley Stephens | LIVING


Chasing a dream

Abby Boivin has been dancing ballet for three quarters of her life.

February 08, 2015 | Randy Schafer | Social Circle


‘Skins win Traditional Area Tourney

Two weeks after winning the team state tournament for the first time in school history, the Social Circle Wrestling team won the Traditional Area Tournament for the first time in school history. The Redskins will be sending 13 grapplers to the 8-AA Eastern Sectional Traditional Tournament this weekend at Greater Atlanta Christian. The top four wrestlers in each weight classification (14) will advance to the Traditional State in two weeks.

February 08, 2015 | Staff Report | Social Circle


#NewtonBoyz

Being a football coach in today's world is a complicated and draining occupation that has it highs and lows. Your biggest duty is to teach and motivate your players to become better on the field, and turn that into winning football games. That itself is not a walk in the park with complexities and other outside distractions that can happen; it's very complicated to build a winning team.

February 08, 2015 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


A plan to grow

Dear Editor,

February 08, 2015 | Phil Johnson | Letters


Douglas, Maddox miss the point

Dear Editor,

February 08, 2015 | Maurice Carter | Letters


A citizen responds to Douglas, Maddox

Dear Editor,

February 08, 2015 | Jason Pye | Letters


Bill protecting minors gaining support

This week, the House passed the 2015 supplementary budget, but still has to work on the 2016 budget. As I said before, revenues were up by $276 million, and we directed most of that increase to education, as well as Medicaid growth and mandatory compliance with Obamacare. The vote was bipartisan and unanimous.

February 08, 2015 | Dave Benton | Columnists


Porterdale seeing business growth

When the Social House, a full menu sports bar, opened its doors last month, owner Todd Scott selected its location in downtown Porterdale because he had fallen in love with the Newton County city.

February 07, 2015 | | Business


Life insurance as an investment?

Depending on what you want to utilize the policy for, life insurance could be an excellent way to accumulate cash. It could also be a very bad buy if you think it will perform in a fashion that probably won't happen. In this article, I will touch on types of life policies that probably aren't good investments and next time, I will review some policies that are attractive.

February 07, 2015 | Mike Lassiter | Business


Say health is important: Go Red

On Friday, February 6, I was wearing red. Were you? I got many comments (and compliments) on my red shirt. I, in turn, used it as a way to start conversation about women's heart disease awareness. So basically I wore red, got compliments, and got to talk about a good cause.

February 07, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | LOCAL


Belton: Weighing the major issues

This week budget committees in the General Assembly have been working on a balanced budget. Believe it or not a balanced budget is the only Constitutional requirement of Georgia's General Assembly.

February 01, 2015 | Dave Belton | Columnists


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